Functional Genomics

Program: Master programme in Biology
Level: Advanced level
Course code: 1BG322
Credits: 15 c
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The course is focused on whole-genome studies of bacteria, archaea and eukaryotes. Sequencing and analysis at the whole-genome level (genomics) is covered in depth, including different sequencing techniques and strategies, genome organization and structure, comparative genomics and evolutionary issues. Functional genomics constitutes the second main theme of the course, including microarray-based approaches for RNA measurements (transcriptomics), different methods to study global protein levels (proteomics), and current attempts at developing similar methods for studies of different classes of metabolites (metabolomics). The course also covers metagenomics and systems biology, global gene regulation, transgenic organisms and gene-ethics.

The aim of the course is to provide practical and theoretical skills concerning the current large-scale and technology-driven approaches in molecular biology, as well as to discuss and evaluate when and how such methods are best put into use. During the course each student also performs a literature study related to functional genomics, presented both in writing and as a PowerPoint presentation. Site visits to local biotech companies are also arranged, to provide current examples of development and application of functional genomics methods in modern biotech industry.

For more information, please contact:
Thijs Ettema (
Annelie Carlsbecker (

Last modified: 2022-02-17